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ROOM 237: IFC Films releasing Rodney Ascher’s THE SHINING documentary

Jack Nicholson, The Shining

Room 237 to be released by IFC Films. Rodney Ascher‘s Room 237, a The Shining documentary, will be released theatrically and on VOD by IFC Films. The documentary introduces then explores various themes believed present within the 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror film. Already released, exploring Stanley Kubrick and his thirteen films, is The Invisible Man documentary. On Room 237, “Word has it the film will screen this Spring in the New Directors/New Film series in New York and Cannes is a likely bet to debut the film across the Atlantic.”

About The Shining:

The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A writer, Jack Torrance, takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel. His young son possesses psychic abilities and is able to see things from the past and future, such as the ghosts who inhabit the hotel. Soon after settling in, the family is trapped in the hotel by a snowstorm, and Jack gradually becomes influenced by a supernatural presence; he descends into madness and attempts to murder his wife and son.

Unlike previous Kubrick films, which developed an audience gradually by building on word-of-mouth, The Shining was released as a mass-market film, opening at first in just two cities on Memorial Day, then nationwide a month later. Although initial response to the film was mixed, later critical assessment was more favorable and it is now viewed as a classic of the horror genre.

I have not seen the documentary myself but have read good things about it. I have, however, seen The Shining multiple times and can attest to its greatness. Will you be watching the latest documentary on the film?

Source: Slashfilm, Deadline

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